Monday, May 16, 2011

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado" by Joachim Masannek ENDS 5/24 (CLOSED)

My son with his new book "Diego the Tornado"
The Wild Soccer Bunch totally rocked my son's world!

Does your child like to read?  Even though my son was brought up surrounded by books from a young age, I still have to fight with him to read since he prefers playing video games to picking up a book. Typical Boy!

So when I was asked to review an advance copy of Book #2 in Joachim Masannek's best selling children series The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado", I jumped at the chance for my son to write a review for FREEISMYLIFE.

The Wild Soccer Bunch was created by Joachim Masannek, a father who coached his sons’ soccer team and was inspired to write a book about his experience. The stories are told from a child’s point of view which helps the books to really appeal to children.

"Diego the Tornado" tells the story of Fabio the son of a famous Brazilian soccer player, who wants to join the Wild Soccer Bunch. But Fabio's father wants his son to play for the Furies, one of the best youth club teams in the country.

From the moment I gave my son the book to review, he was captivated by the story.  He actually stopped playing video games and read (and reread) the book more than a few times - I was totally shocked! He even took the book with him to school to show it to his friends.  And I heard him laughing out loud a few times at some of the humorous parts of the story.

So here is my son's take on The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado" :

The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado" is about the players in the Soccer Wild Bunch. The players are going to face the Furies, an impossible team to beat.  The Furies wouldn't be as good as they are if they didn't have Fabio as a player. Fabio is the son of a famous Brazilian soccer player named Giacomo Ribaldo. Fabio wanted to play with the Wild Soccer Bunch but his father wanted him to play with the Furies. 

What I liked about the story is that The Soccer Wild Bunch became a great team because of their coach named Larry who taught them everything about the sport. People should buy this book because it is a great story that showed that you should never give up, no matter the odds, and that you should always respect your opponent.

The Wild Soccer Bunch Series was originally published in Germany and has now sold over ten million copies worldwide. Book #1 in the series, "Kevin the Star Striker", was published in North America just prior to the 2010 World Cup. The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado" is the second book available in the series. The third book in the series, "Zoe the Fearless", will be published by Sole Books in October 2011.

These books are aimed at kids ages 8-12. If my son loves this book, then I know most other kids will love it too. For more information, please visit

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Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of The Wild Soccer Bunch, "Diego the Tornado" for the purpose of writing this book review and stating my unbiased opinion. I was not compensated for this post.

Congratulations to the winner: Scott H. of Farmington Hills, MI 

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